Four soldiers killed in clash with Islamist militants in Philippines

MANILA (dpa): Four soldiers were killed and 17 wounded in a clash with Islamist militants in the southern Philippines, the military said Saturday (June 6).

Two members of the Abu Sayyaf group were also killed in the firefight on Friday in Patikul town on Jolo island, 1,000 kilometres south of Manila, said Major Arvin Encinas, a regional military spokesman.

The soldiers were on patrol in a village in Patikul town when they encountered about 40 Abu Sayyaf militants, Encinas...